In one of the best races for Florida girls at Foot Locker South Holy Trinity alumni Kayla Hale just misses out on the title and edges out fellow Sunshine State runners Emilie Amaro and Brittany Koziara for the runner-up spot. Amaro and Koziara would all run under 17 minutes as well, the only three Florida runners to ever break that barrier at Foot Locker South. Only three other girls ever in Florida history have achieved times under 17 minutes. Their times rank 5th,6th, and 7th respectively ever at the FL South Regional. We take a look at the top 500 times by Florida girls.
Florida Track & Field and Cross Country News
Entries have been released for the Nike Cross Nationals Southeast Regional. A good number of Florida teams and individuals will be making the trip to down to WakeMed Soccer Complex in Cary, North Carolina to race on Saturday. MileSplit will be on-site with coverage!
Ashley Brasovan is one of a handful of Florida athletes to qualify for Foot Locker Nationals in San Diego two times while at Wellington High School. Her time of 17:07 set in 2007 as a junior is the fifth fastest ever by a Floridian at Foot Locker South. Brasovan ran in one of the best Foot Locker South races for Floridians when she finished sixth behind Brittany Koziara (4th), Emile Amero (3rd), and Kayla Hale (2nd). As a senior, she was 4th earning her spot among the nation's best.
When Billy Convey competed back in 1982 the meet was sponsored by "Kinney". Convey who starred for Ransom Everglades and went onto compete at the University of Virginia finished second in the regional and 16th at the national meet. He reflects on that race, how it kick started his recruiting, and what he's been up to in the year's since.
Former Leon standout Matt Mizereck ran 14:51 at the 2009 Foot Locker South Regional to finish fourth a year after finishing one spot out in 11th in 2008. Mizereck would finish 10th out of the 40 top runners at Foot Locker Nationals in San Diego. We take a look at the top 500 times by Florida boys at the Foot Locker South Regional.
The Bolles girls won their fourth consecutive 2A state championship three weeks ago. Can the Bulldogs be the first Florida team to punch their ticket to Nike Nationals? They are one of three area teams inside the top 20 joining 4A defending champions Winter Park (17th) and 2A runner-up Pine Crest (18th). Bolls was 7th at NXNSE in 2014. Check out the top rankings here!
The Trinity Prep boys haven't lost a meet all season. Competing under the name Avery Park Running Club, Coach Vinal's squad will head to Cary, North Carolina one week after winning a small school national championship in Lexington., Kentucky. The group is currently seeded 9th in the Nike Southeast Regional and will need to finish higher up if they want to be one of a handful of teams to ever make the trip to Oregon for Nike Nationals. Check out the top teams!
Jimmy Clark competed in the Foot Locker South Regional twice placing 17th as a junior and winning it all as a senior in 2010 with the fourth fastest time ever by a Floridian of 14:55.00. We caught up with the former Creekside standout and current University of Florida senior leading up to this year's race in North Carolina.
We take a look at the top middle school performances from across the state. There were varied distances run this year from 3000 meters, to 3200 meters, to two miles, so unlike the high school runners, where there is a standard 5k distance, we had to pick a distance for the purposes of our rankings. Since, the Middle School State Championships runs 3000m that is what we decided to use. See where the future of the sport ranks this year by their respective grades!
See which Florida athletes will be competing in the Foot Locker South Region Championships. List is as of 11/24.
Hi again everyone, as usual first off a big congrats to everyone who’s participated in the state meet and finished their season strong. Every runner seeking a few extra post season meets asks the question “Footlocker or NXN.” Some people perhaps don’t have an option or find it an easy decision, but for me as well as many other runners I know this is a highly debated topic.
2014 marked the first time since 2010 that Florida didn't send a representative from Foot Locker South to the national meet in San Diego. Fatema Jaffer was 29th last year. Prior to that the Sunshine State athletes made eight trips out west. Five years ago, Kathryn and Erika Fluehr went 1-2 on the McAlpine course. See who has the best chance to make it in 2015? That honor belongs to 4A individual champion Bailey "Hurricane" Hertenstein of Riverview who is currently ranked 17th with her 17:32.55. Check out the top 500 times.
All year the anticipation has been building up for this weekend's Foot Locker South Regional. Last year, Florida sent two to San Diego in Miami Sunset's Nick Diaz (8th) and Merritt Island's Steven Cross (9th). Cross returns in 2015 for his senior year as does Brandon Marquez who just missed out placing 11th. See what other Floridians made the list of the top 500 boys times in the Foot Locker South Region. The top 10 individuals will move onto San Diego and Nationals.
Check out the latest update to the Girls Individual XC National Rankings
In her first year running Foot Locker South, Lily Williams of Chiles captured the tenth and final spot to Foot Locker Nationals in San Diego clocking the 14th fastest time ever by a Floridian of 17:32.00. We caught up with Williams to reflect on that race her senior year in 2011 and what she has been up to since.
Eight of the top ten boys individuals changed places this week!
With the season all but over, we break down the fastest individuals by each grade.
Newberry senior Maggie Rice is a three-time state qualifier on the track and has finished 35th, 24th, and 13th at the 2A Cross Country finals the past three seasons. Recently, Rice selected the University of Southern Mississippi to continue her running career. We caught up with her to talk about the decision to join the Golden Eagles.
At 10 a.m. Saturday morning, Academy of the Holy Names runner Elizabeth Dolan saw a dream recognized as the first annual Cross Out Cancer 5k race kicked off at Tampa's Picnic Island.
The top seniors from across the state of Florida made one final trip to Apalachee Regional Park, the "cross country playground" for the FACA Senior-All Star Meet. Emma Tucker of Chiles and Rob Leverone of Plant won individual titles and lead their respective North and West squads to team titles.
Chris Tucker was on-site at the 2015 FACA Senior All-Star Classic and snapped over 200 photos of all the action including this one of the boys race. Check out all the awesome images and make sure to tag yourself.
Joe Mizereck was on-site at the 2015 FACA Senior All-Star Meet and captured over 1,000 photos of all the action! Check them out and make sure to tag yourself!
Two weeks after their third consecutive 2A state championship the Trinity Prep Saints were back in action. The Saints, running under the club name Avery Creek Running Club, competed in the 2015 CC Coaches National Youth Championships in Lexington, Kentucky and came away with a small school national championship.
Coach Eric Frank has been at Creekside since the school opened eight years ago. In 2015, the Knights won their first state championship in cross country, taking home the 3A team title. We caught up with Frank to talk about this year's team, the season, and the future for the program.
We take a look at some of the most loved courses in the state from Apalachee Regional Park to Holloway Park to see what the fastest times run on them have been this year.
Top 200 Boys Times this season at Apalachee Regional Park
The 2015 FACA Senior-All Star Classic returns to Tallahassee after a one year hiatus in Orlando. Apalachee Regional Park hosted the event from 2009-2013 and will once again welcome runners to the "cross country playground" of Florida. The girls race is loaded with three individual state champions and several who were apart of team championships.
The 2015 FACA Senior-All Star Classic returns to Tallahassee after a one year hiatus in Orlando. Apalachee Regional Park hosted the event from 2009-2013 and will once again welcome runners to the "cross country playground" of Florida. The meet record of 15:18.80 set by Ryder Leary of Bishop Kenny in 2003 will not likely be broken, but the ARP meet record of 15:38.35 set by St. Thomas Aquinas' Manny Velasquez in 2014 has the potential to go down.
Jennifer Barringer (Simpson) set the fastest time ever at the FACA All-Star Meet when she ran 17:32.70 on the Miccosukee Greenway course. Barringer would go onto win Foot Locker South and place 10th at Foot Locker Nationals ending one of the most spectacular high school careers in the state of Florida and ultimately becoming one of the best American distance runners. Who else makes the list of the top times in meet history? We tell you!
The FACA All Star Meet has seen a ton of talent since it started in 1997, but who are the best ever? Ryder Leary of Bishop Kenny ran 15:15.80 to top the list that includes names like Olympian Sammy Vasquez, Florida greats Justin Harbor and Joe Franklin, and numerous state champions.